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Gentle Troll




Cultural History, Game Research, Cultural Studies, Archaeology


The game of “five lines” is the oldest Greek board game we know. It was much appreciated among the Greeks at least from the 7th century BCE on. In Archaic times one imagined that the Greek heroes Ajax and Achilles played that game during the siege of Troy. Apart from the basic game played with five counters on a board with five parallel lines, enlarged versions with more lines as well as a double sized version with eleven lines existed. It seems that the game was still played in Roman times on a modified board with the lines replaced by squares.

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Published By: Florian Bettel | Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien | Publication Date: 26 February 2024, 09:47 | Edit Date: 26 February 2024, 09:50